The process of surgery can be overwhelming and filled with long wait times for hospital schedules and expensive fees, but not all surgery has to be a trying experience.
More and more people are turning to outpatient surgery, one of the fastest-growing sectors in health care, as a satisfactory alternative to the traditional hospital setting.
The Brentwood Surgery Center is one example of a local facility known for its top-ranked medical staff and outstanding patient care. The center, open since 2006, is physician-owned and partnered with National Surgical Hospitals and the John Muir Health System.
“We are like a traditional hospital in the sense that we have all of the same state-of-the-art equipment, however, because we are an ambulatory surgical center, we are safe, efficient, cost effective and able to get patients back home in a shorter time frame with quality outcomes,” said Brentwood Surgery Center Administrator Alexandra Luckhardt.
Outpatient surgery facilities like Brentwood Surgery Center take care of their patients the same way as traditional hospitals with the emphasis on safety, comfort and professionalism.
The 16,000-square-foot facility is comprised of four operating rooms, two procedure rooms and 11 post-op beds. Brentwood Surgery Center offers a range of services including gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, oral and dental surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pain management, plastic surgery, podiatry, spinal surgery and urology. They also offer overnight care, fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologists, board-certified physicians and highly skilled staff with specialized training.
Besides being conveniently located, the center is known for having lower cost procedures than those performed at hospitals, shorter wait times, high patient satisfaction scores, quality care and less risk of infection, as there typically aren’t severely ill or infectious patients undergoing surgery.
According to Luckhardt, all patients leave the same day, and on average, patients are in the recovery room from 30 minutes to two hours, which makes surgery far more convenient than patients expect.
When Brentwood resident Heidi Erickson broke her toe through the joint in 2013, she like many others, put off surgery as long as she could. She allowed the break to heal without surgery, which resulted in scar tissue and further injury. When the avid runner found that she could no longer hit the pavement without immense pain, she decided the inconvenience of having surgery was worth trying to gain her mobility back. Her surgery involved revealing the joint, cleaning out the scar tissue and screwing the two joints together to fuse them into one piece.
Dr. Murali Moorthy, foot and ankle specialist at Muir Orthopaedic Specialists, performed the surgery at the Brentwood Surgery Center.
“I was honestly so happy to be having surgery in town, instead of having to be so far away from my kids,” said Erickson, who added that her pre-surgery jitters were put to rest when she received a welcome phone call from the coordinating staff.
“The nurses and staff are superb,” she said.
Instead of waiting in a hospital waiting room for hours, Erickson’s husband was able to wait at home, as Brentwood Surgery Center’s staff called him when she was in recovery. After her husband picked her up, it was just a quick five-minute drive home.
According to Moorthy, improving the experience for patients undergoing surgery makes his job more rewarding.
“Operating at the surgery center is a pleasure for many of the same reasons that patients benefit,” he said. “Undergoing surgery at the center becomes a pleasant experience.”
Brentwood Surgery Center is located in the John Muir Outpatient Center, 2400 Balfour Road, Suite 320.
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